Electric cars’ lifetime CO2 emissions half that of petrol and diesel

Study finds EVs are less polluting even after taking battery production into account

Battery electric vehicles in the UK produce half the CO2 of a traditionally fuelled car, even when their battery production is taken into account, according to new research.

A study from Imperial College London has found that the increased use of renewable and low-carbon energy generation in the UK means that, on average, charging an EV produces just a quarter of the CO2 emitted by a petrol or diesel engine.

Taking into account the production of an EV’s battery as well the CO2 emissions associated with charging it over its lifetime, the study found an EV’s CO2 contribution was around half that of an equivalent internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle.

It also suggested that the “decarbonising” of the UK’s electricity supply could reduce their environmental impact further.

Read more: Independent

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